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Whitbeck, R. H., 1871-1939 (Ray Hughes) / The geography and economic development of southeastern Wisconsin

Chapter VII. The city and county of Racine,   pp. 138-178 PDF (10.4 MB)

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Since 1910 little gain in manufacturing has been made, and
some of the above companies have discontinued operations.
The milk condensing plant is now the largest industry. The
blanket mill, the brass works and the brick and tile plant are
still operating. The population in 1910 had grown to 3212, and
in 1920 to 3626.
There are four of these: Waterford, Rochester, Corliss and
Union Grove. The first two have been places of some local im-
portance since about 1840.  Both are on the Fox River at
points where water power could be developed. Both had early
manufacturing industries, including saw mills and grist mills;
Waterford had a woolen mill and two flour mills. At Roches-
/850 I 223
/860             6.966
1870.            7257
(880               8697
/890                      /.S78
/900                         /4,988
/9/0                                 20227
/919                                 20553
Fig. 71-Diagram showing the increase in the number of
cows iif Racine County, 1850-1919.
ter, Richard Ela manufactured the first fanning mills made in
the county, and J. I. Case began work on his threshing ma-
chines, an industry which later grew to great dimensions in
Racine. Both villages were on important early highways from
Milwaukee and Racine.  Waterford was connected with Mil-
waukee by plank road about 1850, and Rochester was on the
plank road running into Racine. Both villages are now on the
electric line running from Burlington to Milwaukee. Water-
ford has a population of about 700, while Rochester is one-
third as large.
Union Grove is an inland village on the branch of the Chi-
cago, Milwaukee and St. Paul railroad running from Racine to
Corliss is at the junction of two lines of the Chicago, Milwau-
kee and St. Paul R. I. a few miles west of Racine.  It has
manufacturing industries of some importance.

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